Well-regulated sport makes safety a priority
WITH two major national championships and countless local club single-stage events, rallying is well served by more than 30 clubs that promote events every weekend, conforming to a detailed set of regulations.
Each promoting club is required to appoint a safety officer, a trained and licensed official, who creates a detailed safety plan for the rally following a template provided by Motorsport Ireland (MSI).
Every junction and every opening along the route is noted and provision made to ensure the safety of competitors and spectators.
The plan is submitted to MSI, which reviews the document and appoints a safety officer, who studies the entire route with the club's safety officer well in advance of each rally.
In 2007, the international motorsports governing body, the FIA, voted Ireland's first ever world championship rally as the second best of the 16 rounds that year.
Motorsport Ireland's safety standards received another boost two years ago with the award of Silver accreditation for the safety training programme.